A study by the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) found that the number of married teenagers in the United States increased by almost 50% during the 1990s, the most significant increase in early marriage since the 1950s.
According to the study, one reason for this phenomenon is the growth of traditional values that stress abstinence before marriage.
The legal age of marriage in the United States is decided at the state rather than the federal level.
All states set the age of marriage without parental and/or court consent at 18 years of age or older for both men and women, without discrimination by gender.
Approximately five states discriminate by sex in their laws regarding marriage with parental and/or court consent.
Yet I was still hesitant to write this column, until a reader sent me an article from The New York Times, in which the author, John Tierney, published a story about racial preferences in the dating world.
Moreover, the article cited a study titled Racial Preferences in Dating that documented the preferences of more than 400 participants in speed dating sessions at Columbia University.
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